Twitter Co-founder Dom Sagolla '96 on the Short Form
Dom Sagolla '96 (@dom), co-founder of Twitter, spoke on campus about his new book, 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form (@thebook) and demonstrated the companion iPhone app (@bookapp). He encouraged the audience to think of short, 140 character Twitter updates as a new form of literature and to "lead" as a writer in the short form rather than be a follower. The medium is "there to empower you," he said. He engaged the audience in a discussion about topics ranging from the demographics of social networking to how Twitter impacts personal relationships. Sagolla graduated from Swarthmore with a degree in English Literature and later obtained a Masters in Education from Harvard. He has contributed to Macromedia Studio, Adobe Creative Suite, and Odeo. Currently, he works at DollarApp, an iPhone app development company.